Photographing FOOD Issues 1 and 2

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I haven't shared a photography resource in a while but I'm about to start back up again.   Today I wanted to share Photographing FOOD.  It's a downloadable ebook that is absolutely fabulous in providing you the know-how to create a beautiful food photo.  There have only been two issues published but I'm sure that's just the beginning.  They are two … [Read more...]

Snaps of….

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While in NYC, I quickly snapped a photo of the Statue of Liberty.  I was on a moving boat that was still for all of 30 seconds, and I was soaken wet to boot!  Anyhoo, I loved seeing the giant beauty and if I ever go back, I'll definitely take the time to see her up close and pay my respect to such a historic piece of our country. I've been … [Read more...]

Alphabet Art Photography – A Gift I Made for My Friend

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Just the other day, my good friend Vicki had her *ahem* 20 birthday.  I thought about what to get her for two weeks and then I actually remembered something.  It seems my memory fails me often these days so I was tickled to remember.  Anyways, we had been browsing a local store, Vicki's Gifts, when she saw this one item and made a statement about … [Read more...]

DIY: How to Make a Light-Box for Photography Using PVC Pipe

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Cat has inspired me to work on my photos for my food blog.  Having good lighting is essential and in my house, there is zero.none.zilch.  I was havin' to open the front door, lug a table over, place white board down and pray nobody opened the door to let the Texas wind blow it all down.  I decided to search for a diy light-box.  I found one that I … [Read more...]

Photo Nuts and Shots – Tools & Techniques

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I promoted the Photo Nuts and Bolts a long time ago because it had a plethora of information that was truly helpful.  I'm proud to share another brand new ebook from the fine folks over at Digital Photography School, called Photo Nuts and Shots - Tools & Techniques! WHAT'S INSIDE? Photo Nuts and Shots is perfect for you if: look at … [Read more...]

A Hot Coors Light

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I'm taking advantage of this new D90 that Nikon sent me. It's definitely different than my dinosaur D70s but I love all the changes and extras on it. While at a recent ugly sweater party, I snapped a photo of this Coors Light can in the fire. I thought it made a pretty picture. I could have taken photos of the all the ugly sweaters I … [Read more...]

Preserving 2010 Photo Favorites {Giveaway}

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2010 is almost over and with that, I find myself reflecting on the things I've experienced and accomplished throughout the year.  It's been a great year, however, I did find myself having mental exhaustion that affected me offline and on.  It wasn't until recently that I nursed that exhaustion and so now, with a fresh outlook, I look forward to … [Read more...]

Thank God for Cowboys Photo Book

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When's the last time you actually printed photos or made an album?  For most of us, probably a lifetime ago because how the tech world has evolved but I find that my boys still will go through our old photo albums of when they were under 5 and just talk & laugh about past times.  Walmart asked me if I wanted to try out their Quick Memorybook … [Read more...]

Name that Blogger

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Photography Gift Idea – Lightscoop

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EDITED TO ADD: There's a giveaway going on for one at Bizziemommy.com that ends on Nov. 12th. Check it out! EDITED: From the folks at Lightscoop!! If anyone reading this would like to try out lightscoop, we are happy to offer a discount. For 10% off when you purchase Lightscoop - use code TNEWFOLPROMO when you checkout here … [Read more...]

Just Clickin’ with Women Who Love Photography

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Whether you're a photography buff or hobbyist at heart, I have the perfect community for you to be a part of;  Clickin Moms.  Not just for moms mind you but for all women who share the same passion for photography. When you arrive to their site, you are in awe of the breathtaking, endearing photos to the right and soothed by the color … [Read more...]

Blue Ribbon Photos, Photography Contest – Sapphire

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It’s time for another round of the  Blue Ribbon Photos contest.  I am loving what people are submitting for their photo entries in each theme! Can't wait to see what everyone does for the theme this month!  I’ve been working hard to gather sponsors up for you guys which is why the contest was absent last month. It’s good to go from here on … [Read more...]

7 Minutes with Carson Kressley and an Evening with Nikon

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Carson Kressley is not only telling you "How to Look Good Naked",  he's also telling you how to "Look Good in Pictures" and I hope he shares a few tips with me during my 7 minute interview with him at Blogher!  Lord knows I could use the help in that department. Anyways, on Friday evening while at Blogher, I'll have the absolutely wonderful … [Read more...]

Faces – Blue Ribbon Winner

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So sorry for the delay folks. I never expected July to be so hectic! Man there were some GREAT entries with this theme!! I am so glad that I didn't have to choose the winner this time around because I would not have been able to do it!  A couple of my favorites are this strong fella fighting back the tears. What a great photo capture of … [Read more...]

Vintage Days, Vintage Looks

My husband and son were meant to live back in the olden days.  Not this gal tho, no sir-ree!  I just assume to live in the day of the iphone and airplanes. Anyways, don't cowboys and their gear just look better vintage style?  It's like it takes you back to those John Wayne days, the days where people worked hard and had values.  When things … [Read more...]

Blue Ribbon Photos, Photography Contest – Faces

It's time for the second Blue Ribbon Photos contest.  The first one was a great success and I can't wait to see what everyone does for the theme this month!  I've been working hard to gather sponsors up for you guys which is why the contest was absent last month. It's good to go from here on out! Every month, I will hold a photo contest here, … [Read more...]

The Blue Ribbon Winner and Runner-ups

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Sorry it took me so long to write this. I've been cooking for the ranch, tending to sick kids and now tending to my sick self. There were lots of great entries and I know the judges had a hard time deciding who should win.  There were quite a few that didn't follow all the rules but we tried to cut everyone slack this first time around.  Next … [Read more...]

Developing a Photography Workflow, the Basics

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Establishing a work-flow for processing your images can speed the editing up a great deal hence saving you time to do other things you love. I recommend the first thing you do is back up your photos. Don’t do it later, do it now and I recommend backing up to a DVD or to an external hard drive. The most obvious thing to do once you’ve … [Read more...]

Some Ranch Guys

Here's a few pictures of some of the fellas here on the ranch.  I'm cooking for the ranch this week so I might be scarce. Don't forget about me! … [Read more...]

Food Photography Reflections

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I thought it would be fun to take a look at my food photos from a year ago and see the differences in then, and now.  Photography has always been a passion of mine but food photography is quite a challenge for me.  I don't really like to gussy up photos much and I'm not at all about decorating the setting for the dish so I needed a  style of … [Read more...]

Blue Ribbon Photos, Photography Contest – Colors

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EDITED: This month's contest is over. Thanks for entering and if you missed out this time, keep your eyes peeled for next month! I've always wanted to hold a photo contest and have decided to make it ongoing (assuming it is successful).  Welcome to Blue Ribbon Photos, my first ever photo contest.  I've got bigger things in mind for this but will … [Read more...]

My Nikon Goods and My Nikon Wish List

I'm often asked what's in my bag...camera bag that is and while it's not everything I want, it's a start. I'll start with my bag.  It's a Quantarary Pro Backpack. It's okay...a little bigger than I'd like to have but it's been durable.  If I could recommend one, it would be the Nikon Backpack that holds your DSLR camera, lenses, and even your … [Read more...]

My Little Cookie Monster

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Remember these Honey Sweet Cookies I made a while back?? Well this little man does and thought they were the best cookies in the world.  I thought it would be the perfect picture to enter into 5 Minutes 4 Mom's contest about fun, family food.  Well, there's more to it but you can go read for yourself. They really were good cookies and easy to … [Read more...]

Editing Grainy Pictures and Cloning

I recently had a guest post on my food blog from Maternal Spark. Well, actually it's a republished post of Butterfly Cupcakes with a little photo editing. I'm getting pickier about the photos that go on my food blog and not that hers were bad but they were a bit grainy and there was a distraction. With this simple tutorial, you'll be able to … [Read more...]

Vignette – Animals

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Photoshop for Little Ones

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I recently wrote about the cool Vtech V-Motion, which is awesome, but have you seen the cool KidiArt Studio?  This, to me, is like photoshop for the kiddos.  This is a toy that can really bring out the creativity in your little one for sure! It hooks up to your TV or PC so that your child can do simple drawings or even create they're own … [Read more...]

Weekly Photo Pickins’

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I think all these photos represent Summer fun!  You've got steak from barbecuing, the beautiful scenery and sunset, and a cutie patootie swimmer.  What else could you ask for?  BUT, since I can only enter ONE photo into the 5M4M contest, I'm entering the third picture of my little man swimming:) Could this be part of Monday's recipe? Anna's … [Read more...]